About/ Contact

Tamara Laporte
(‘willowing’) is a creative catalyst of thousands of beautiful people. She is a celebrated mixed media artist and art teacher who has been running her own creative business since late 2008. Her work can be described as ‘mixed media folk art’ with a focus on ‘magical realism’. It ranges from whimsical children’s illustrations to a more stylised fantasy art. Love, mystery, innocence, hope, spirituality, kindness and self-connection inspires her art work. Symbolism and layering play a big part in her work. Her paintings often contain healing themes, uplifting messages and inspirational poetry.

She believes that the act of creating art can be a gateway into healing and personal growth – often, her art classes contain an element of self development as well as learning art techniques. She is deeply devoted to helping people get in touch with their creative fire and would love to help YOU too to get in touch with the artist in you!

Tam is the inventor and creator of Life Book a year long art course that includes some of the most celebrated mixed media and personal development teachers out there. Since its inception it’s been joined by over 12,500+ people who’ve gained tremendous artistic and personal skills through it.
Deeply passionate and caring for the well-being of the world and its people, Tam works tirelessly to bring uplifting, nourishing, creative and empowering content to her amazing tribe of over 33,000+ souls.
Her work and articles have been published in several art magazines and books and she’s been interviewed for several online radio stations. She runs a variety of popular art classes on her ning network which has over 26,500+ members and grows with about 150-200 mixed enthusiasts each month!

Tam lives and works in the South of England with her handsome husband Andy and two magical boys, Dylan & Elliot. Her left and right hand woman in the studio is the glitter-filled Gracie Howle.


If you too want to learn from Tam be sure to check out all the classes on offer by clicking here. <3 You can also start with her free course by clicking here.



The Magical Support Team

Willowing Arts and Tam are supported by 3 wonderful people!


208449_179970712181799_1126475662_nGracie Howle – Art Studio & Design Manager

Gracie is Tam’s left hand, right hand and on many days her two feet as well! ;) She helps with the running of the entire business though will be going on maternity leave soon! (SOB!) When she comes back next year, her focus will change to helping with marketing/ web & graphic design and inspiring blog post prepping! :)  She is awesome! :) You can contact her with queries until the last week of August 2015 in the Willowing office, here: willowing.arts [AT] gmail.com, she will be away until July 2016.


Andy Mason – Co-Director

Andy is Tam’s wonderful husband and deals with all Finance and HR issues. He also looks after ning membership approval and dispatch of happy packages! :) He has refined the art of tea making and does so with gusto and joy for all members of staff. ;) He’s warm, loving and magical and you can contact him here: willowing.arts [AT] gmail.com


Maddie Turner – Office Manager

Maddie is our newest team member who is a huge support in all things office/ admin/ tea and empathy! :) She helps people with technical and sign up queries and she also looks after much of the financial admin of the business. Maddie has a kick-ass sense of humour, is enthusiastic and committed and is great at helping with video editing, packages preparation and making sure all Life Book lessons are in order before they go live. We are so happy to have her wonderful presence and support in this growing business of ours! :) You can contact her with queries, in the Willowing office, here: willowing.arts [AT] gmail.com


Contact Details

For general enquiries pls email Tam, Gracie or Maddie on willowing.arts AT gmail.com – please note that due to the volume of emails I receive I may not be able to respond to yours if they contain queries about how I print my work or price my original paintings. I created a blog post with answers to most of the questions I get asked the most here: http://www.willowing.org/2012/08/24/the-questions-i-get-asked-the-most/

I also deeply appreciate your emails in which you express gratitude to me, I love you for sending me these emails but again, because I juggle being a mum to 2, running a household and a business I may not be able to acknowledge your wonderful email. I feel sad about that but also need to maintain my sanity! So please know that I deeply appreciate your emails but may not always be able to respond to them. You may also receive a response from my husband Andy who is running the business with me. I really really appreciate your email and love you for thinking of me! It’s just not possible for me to reply to every email I receive. Thank you for understanding. <3

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Company Address Details:

Willowing Arts Limited

BM Willowing Arts

Company Registration Number: 8448487

Favourite Materials

These are some of my favourite materials I work with.

:: watersoluble crayons – caran d’ache neocolor II
:: watercolour paper: 140lbs hot pressed (daler rowney)
:: watercolour pencils – staedler/ caran d’ache/ derwent
:: acrylic paint daler-drowner, galeria, goldensupplies
:: markers: posca/ sharpie/ tombow/ sakura/ letraset aquamarkers
:: acrylic medium gloss & matte gel (golden & liquitex)
:: graphite pencils (pentel graphgear 1000 – 0.9 – lead: 2b)
:: bookpages/ music scores
:: gesso: white/ black/ clear (liquitex/ daler rowney/ golden)

:: magazine cutouts/ scrapbooking papers
:: dylusions spray inks
:: beeswax, rubber stamps, ink

Read about my favourite supplies in this blog post.


:: moleskine large plain notebook
:: moleskine large watercolour notebook
:: waterford & saunders – hot pressed watercolour paper 140 lbs
:: a variety of larger A4 sized ones, no particular brand


:: watercolour paper: canson, cold press, acid free, 300gsm
:: watercolour paper: daler rowney, the langton: hot press: 300gsm
:: acrylics/ mixed media: daler-rowney canvas
:: wood



1. Your teaching methods don’t seem conventional, what underpins your method of teaching?
In addition to being an artist, I am also a student of Nonviolent Communication™. NVC is a style of communication that focuses on the quality of connection between people and inspires compassion in and for the self and others. Within the NVC model – judgement (both positive and negative) isn’t considered a helpful way of letting people know how they are progressing with their work (if you are interested in this theory read: “Punished by Rewards” by Alfie Kohn).

Therefore, when I teach, I aim to avoid using terminology such as “right” and “wrong”, “good” and “bad”.  Instead I try to focus on the quality of the art experience. Feedback is given by looking at what makes us happiest in our art, not what might be considered ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ art. The emphasis is on the emotional rather than the intellectual experience of the creation process. While the two often overlap, I find that focusing on the emotional experience, opens people up more and often helps them progress with their art more than through receiving criticism conducted within the ‘right’/ ‘wrong’ paradigm.  For more information on NVC: www.cnvc.org

My life style and healing approach is very much influenced by the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie, contemplating the nature of being and practicing presence, awareness and acceptance. For more information on these teachers: www.thework.comwww.eckhartolle.com

I am also a qualified hypnotherapist and nlp practitioner and use some ideas/ healing methods of hypnotherapy and nlp in my art courses.

2. Where are you from?
I was born in Holland, Velsen (3rd May 1976). I left Holland in 1994/1995 and then lived in London for about 10 years (mostly in Brixton & Streatham), I then went to Sri Lanka for 2.5 years and I am now back in the UK.

3. Where are you based currently?
Sussex, UK

4. Do you do run workshops in person?
I do sometimes but I predominantly teach online as I have 2 young children. To see if I am involved in a ‘live workshop’ any time soon check this page.

5. What is your art background?
I’ve been doing art since I was a wee one. I remember in junior school drawing a cat and being so so proud of it!I took art and art history as a subject in high school (Berger Scholen Gemeenschap – Bergen Holland) and majored (is that the word?) in it too. For Dutch people; I went to VWO and art was one of my final subjects in the final year. After highschool I auditioned for 2 art schools and was accepted for both, one in Enschede and one in Amsterdam, I went to the one in Amsterdam (Hogeschool voor de Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam). It was a mostly miserable experience (apart from meeting one of my best friends ever there!).

Since then I’ve been doing art on my own. The materials I used in the past most were acrylics/ pastels/ watercolours on canvas or canvas board (in art school we used oils but the turpentine drove me mental). My art has in the past 4-5 years become more mixed media. I started art journaling in 2005-06 after I found an art journaling community on livejournal where I blog.

I taught drama, music and art to 2.5 – 11 year olds in an International Junior School in Sri Lanka for 2.5 years (Elizabeth Moir School). My main role there was; extra curricular coordinator, I organised sporting events, the schools art exhibition, directed (and at some point wrote!) the main school play and taught drama/ music and art to all age levels). I miss the kids and teachers there TREMENDOUSLY. ♥

6. What is up with your hands? They look odd sometimes when I watch your videos.
I have an illness called rheumatoid arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease in which my immune system attacks my own joints (fun eh!) I’ve been lucky enough to not have been crippled by it, but my hands have suffered some deformities which is what you may notice in the videos. I often wear my little finger-less gloves to ‘hide’ the deformities. While I have mostly accepted that my hands look different, I still sometimes wish they looked “normal”. However, I love my hands for what they are still able to do and I am extremely thankful for the mobility they still have. : )

7. How can I contact you?
Either msg me on ning or youtube or email me: willowing.arts [at] gmail.com

8. Who are your influences?
There are many fantastic artists out there who I have drawn inspiration from! In no particular order: Audrey Kawasaki, Lori Early, Tascha (timewithtascha), Jane DesRosier (Gritty Jane), Misty Mawn, Flora Bowley, Ann-Julie (thenebulouskingdom), Suzi Blu, Stephen Mackey, Josee Savaria, Teesha Moore, Liz (primoriginals), Paulette Insall, Kelly Rae Roberts, Milliande, Claudine Hellmuth, Beryl Taylor, Karen Michell, Gwen Diehn, the list goes on.

From the old masters I’ve been influenced by the work of: Gustav Klimt, Gaudi, Hundertwasser, Franz Marc, Matisse, Chagall, Kandinsky and Odilon Redon, but again the list goes on.


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33 Responses

  1. Sandy Ramsdell
    Sandy Ramsdell July 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm · Reply

    Tam, I am signed up for Life Book but have not recieved any classes since I got Windows 7 put on my computer. Can you help me? What do I do? Loved the first half but don”t want to miss out on the rest. Sandy Ramsdell

    1. Tam
      Tam July 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm · Reply

      Hi Sandy, I emailed you! x

  2. stacie
    stacie August 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm · Reply
    1. Tam
      Tam August 14, 2012 at 7:30 am · Reply

      aw thank you so much Stacie! :D <3

  3. sundaycreekstudio
    sundaycreekstudio September 3, 2012 at 6:17 am · Reply

    Hi Tam you are just awesome!! I ordered the whimsy dvd and I was wondering when I might expect shipment, (I didnt receive any confirmation of the purchase) but it was deducted from my paypal account so i know the purchase went through .I live in the U.S and i am sure it might take awhile. Thanks Kelly

  4. Angel - Hammer and Heels
    Angel - Hammer and Heels November 6, 2012 at 9:56 am · Reply

    Hi Tam, I just discovered your website tonight. I can’t wait to start some of your courses. I’m so very excited :)

  5. Val
    Val October 3, 2013 at 1:22 am · Reply

    Please send me the details to sign up for life book. 2014.val7414@gmail.com. Thank you , very inspiring :)

  6. Carolyn
    Carolyn October 4, 2013 at 3:27 am · Reply

    Tam, life sorta happened to me this year and I am finally starting the lifebook classes for 2013. I cannot get to the classes. I am listed in the group but everytime I try to get to a class or watch a video I am not allowed. I have an account set up with passwords and such, it just won’t recognize me. Help!!!

  7. Gracie
    Gracie October 4, 2013 at 11:41 am · Reply

    Hi Carolyn! Gracie from Willowing here! I have sent you a personal message :)

  8. Robin Gutierrez
    Robin Gutierrez October 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm · Reply

    Hi Tam, I would like to sign up for the payment plan for LifeBook 2014. How do I get you the info you need for that? Thank you for offering this.

    1. Gracie
      Gracie October 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm · Reply

      Hi Robin! I have sent you some details to your email address. Also you can find out more about Payment Plans by going here and scrolling down: http://www.willowing.org/life-book-2014/

      Gracie :)

  9. Sally Bowen
    Sally Bowen December 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm · Reply

    Tam! I’m in! I’ll be there for 2014! YAY!

  10. bonnie
    bonnie May 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm · Reply

    Thank you for using your time and talent ! for a great cause just donated to waterartsoul . donation receipt#D592801 can not get to mermaid class. thanks

  11. Gracie Howle
    Gracie Howle May 20, 2014 at 11:32 am · Reply

    Hi Bonnie, thank you! and thank you so much for donating too :) Can you send us your email address and we can send you the details? Our email is willowing.arts [AT] gmail.com xx

  12. fay copeland
    fay copeland September 4, 2014 at 4:28 am · Reply

    i cant remember if i signed up for this class of radiant faces can you check my name is fay copeland

    1. Gracie Howle
      Gracie Howle September 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm · Reply

      Hi Fay, Effy Wild is running Radiant Faces so it’s best to contact her here:

      Radiant Faces

      . Hope to see you there! :)

  13. Marti moore
    Marti moore September 13, 2014 at 12:31 am · Reply

    Omg, I pray this is where I can say I would love to win a spot for LB2015… I recently purchased LB2014 and it has done wonders for me… It has touched my soul inside and out… Honestly, it has started a healing of hurt and pain. It releases the light from within.. I feel so blessed to have found you. Thank you and bless you, all the teachers and all that has had a part to bring this art/healing classes together.

  14. Elly Riethorst
    Elly Riethorst October 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm · Reply

    I just bought the Christmas mini class of 2013 and payed with Pay Pall.
    But got no reply mail to sign in and download.
    Please help :-)

    1. Gracie Howle
      Gracie Howle October 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm · Reply

      Hi Elly :) Glad you got my email, let us know if any problems. Hope you love the class! :)

  15. Elly
    Elly October 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Reply

    Hi Gracie, thanks!
    I ve been working on the Christmas girl today. Its so much fun :-)

  16. Christy Grant
    Christy Grant January 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm · Reply

    Hi Tam, signed up for LB 2015 and paid through Paypal. My email address was incorrect and have fixed it now. Can you re-send me the invite so I can enter? Thanks.

  17. Liz
    Liz March 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm · Reply

    Signed up through paypal for the 3 payment version yesterday. How long does it usually take to get an invite email? :)

    1. Gracie Howle
      Gracie Howle March 9, 2015 at 9:18 am · Reply

      Hi there, thank you for signing up to Life Book 2015 and welcome! :) I have signed you up this Monday morning (signing you up is a manual process, the invites and confirmation emails are usually sent within 24-48 hours of sign up on week days). I hope you love the course and thanks again! x

  18. Judy Friedkin
    Judy Friedkin March 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm · Reply

    Hi, I am looking for a technical help page if one exists. I don’t know if there is a page that has my account with all of my courses. My problem is that I must have deleted the invite or link to my Sacred Eye class and am trying to get it back without bothering you guys. So far I have not seen any way except making a contact here.

  19. Cindy Ceroky
    Cindy Ceroky September 28, 2015 at 6:33 pm · Reply

    Hi Tam, I am looking for a post that you had mentioned there will be a payment plan option for those who cannot make full payment at the time of registery. I cant find the post with the info. Also, I don’t want to miss being able to take the course…is there a limit on students? Thanks so much!! Cindy (email: trubleu@me.com)

  20. janet
    janet November 26, 2015 at 11:17 am · Reply

    I signed up for 2016 Life book with my husbands paypal account. I didn’t read (sorry to excited) that I needed to change the email so I get all the information. What do I do now???? Need to fix this…Sorry for not reading everything . I signed up using the 3 payment system.

  21. Mary
    Mary December 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm · Reply

    I signed up for the 2016 Life book with my husband’s paypal account. I need to send you my email address to send all information to. Please advise. So excited to get started.

  22. Natalie Düker-Moorkens
    Natalie Düker-Moorkens September 2, 2016 at 6:17 pm · Reply

    Hij Tamara,i hope you remember me,Natalie from Belgium.
    I had so much problems the last years and also my previouse tablet is not anymore and i lost everything and would Love to start again with drawing,painting with you again.
    I have also never ended my last lifebook,i think from 2015,can i still Look and follow that what i paid in the past?????
    Please Let me know what i have to do to mijn again
    With big hugs and kind regards,Natalie Düker-Moorkens,alias NatalieBramasole 😊😉😘

  23. Carol
    Carol November 19, 2016 at 2:00 am · Reply

    Tam- love all of your classes tried to order a few through the 70% off sale but it does’ go to my pay pal- any ideas- it just sits there – classes are on a paypal list page thingy but when click on paypal nothing happens-

  24. lisaleekisch
    lisaleekisch November 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm · Reply

    Hi Tam,
    Wow, you’ve come a long way since I first bought your art lesson products about six years ago. I just purchased your 2014 and 2013 life books on your great sale and I am excited. However, I wanted to know if you could send me an online version of fabulous faces and whimsical world as I have the older one and My new computer doesn’t have a DVD player so I can’t use them. They are under my husbands PayPal name john lee, which the new ones I purchased today are also under.
    Thanks and excited for you!,,

  25. diana brammer
    diana brammer November 21, 2016 at 3:57 pm · Reply

    i haven’t received my classes yet. i looked at spam but it isn’t there. Please help. Thank you. diana

  26. Diana Brammer
    Diana Brammer November 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm · Reply

    maddie the invite came through for the classes. Thank you so much for your help. I am so excited about the classes and know I will learn alot. diana from arizona.

  27. Lisa McGinty
    Lisa McGinty March 18, 2017 at 2:04 am · Reply

    Hi Tam! Wanted to asked where is the information on making an empathy monster. I can’t find it but I printed it out once and can’t remember where I got it in the LIfebooks. Thanks!

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